Press Releases

October 02, 2017

To Help Address The Threat Of Invasive Species Such As The Emerald Ash Borer, Gillibrand Visits Paul Smith’s College To Announce Legislation To Protect New York’s Natural Resources, Prevent Invasive Species From Entering The United States

Paul Smiths, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today visited Paul Smith's College to announce the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, legislation to protect New York's natural resources from the threat of invasive species. This legislation would prevent potentially harmful species, like the Emerald Ash Borer, from being imported into the country and across state lines. The Emerald Ash Borer is a beetle first found in the … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

Gillibrand Announces Bipartisan Legislation To Promote Vocational Education & Entrepreneurship, Train Future Workforce For 21st Century Economy

Albany, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will visit the South Colonie Central School District to announce her bipartisan legislation, 21st Century Strengthening Hands On Programs that Cultivate Learning Approaches for Successful Students Act. This bill would direct federal funding to high-tech training and education programs in high schools and institutions of higher education, which would give more students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to get good-paying jobs in the … Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

As Short-Term Flood Insurance Extension Set To Expire In Coming Months, Gillibrand Urges Senate To Pass Her Bipartisan Legislation To Make Flood Insurance More Affordable For New Yorkers

Long Island, NY - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Freeport Village Municipal Building to discuss her bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for 10 years. As the short-term flood insurance extension that Congress recently passed it set to expire in coming months, Gillibrand will urge her colleagues to pass her bipartisan legislation, which creates a long-term solution to make flood insurance more affordable for New Yorkers. This legislation … Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $849,000 Federal Funding For Water And Infrastructure Upgrades In Western New York

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $849,000 in federal assistance for the Town of Ripley in Chautauqua County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Specifically, the Town of Ripley will receive $750,000 in federal grant funds through the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and $99,000 through the Rural Business Service (RBS) … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Senators: DeVos’ Decision to Revoke Sexual Assault Guidance “Shows A Clear Lack of Concern” for Survivors

(Washington, D.C.) - Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), 32 U.S. Senators sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos slamming her decision to revoke guidance that directs schools on how to handle investigations of sexual assault and urging her to reverse course. Secretary DeVos' decision … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2,677,000 In Rural Economic Development Funding For Town Of Romulus In Seneca County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,677,000 in federal funding including a loan of $2,177,000.00 and a grant of $500,000.00 for the Town of Romulus in Seneca County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program. Specifically, the Town of Romulus will use the funding to create a new water district that will increase access to safe, potable water to an additional 129 of … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Puerto Rico Food Assistance and Disaster NAP

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September 27, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $300,000 In Federal Funding For Erie County’s Drug Prevention Program To Address The Scourge Of Opioid Overdose

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $300,000 in federal funding for Erie County's Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site Program. The funding was allocated by the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) program and will be used to support the County's ongoing overdose prevention and drug treatment programs. "Erie County had more treatment admissions for prescription painkillers than any other county … Continue Reading


September 26, 2017

On Senate Floor, Gillibrand Calls On Colleagues To Provide Disaster Relief To Address Urgent Humanitarian Crisis In Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands Following Hurricane Maria

**WATCH Senator Gillibrand's Speech on the Senate Floor HERE** Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke on the Senate Floor this afternoon to urge her colleagues to provide desperately needed disaster relief to the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Gillibrand spoke on the Senate floor in response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands caused by Hurricane Maria. Below are Senator Gillibrand's remarks as delivered: Mr. … Continue Reading


September 22, 2017

Blumenthal, Gillibrand, McCaskill & Casey Condemn Department Of Education Repeal Of Title IX Campus Sexual Assault Protections

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Bob Casey (D-PA) condemned a formal announcement today by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos confirming the Department of Education (DoE) will rescind current campus sexual assault guidance in anticipation of issuing a new rule. DeVos also announced interim guidance for schools and universities while DoE undergoes the rulemaking process. The interim guidance encourages a higher … Continue Reading


September 22, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $168,000 In Federal Funding For Launch NY In Buffalo

Buffalo, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $168,000 in federal funding for Launch NY. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI) and will allow Launch NY to invest in a new initiative to promote entrepreneurship in Upstate New York. Specifically, Launch NY will use the funding for their Launch NY Seed Fund that plugs the region's gap by … Continue Reading


September 21, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $500,000 In Federal Funding For Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $500,000 in federal funding for Syracuse University. The funding was allocated through the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) i6 Challenge and will allow Syracuse University to invest in a new initiative to promote entrepreneurship in Central New York. Specifically, Syracuse University will monitor and research impacts of import competition and global trade in the region. … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $10.5 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Elmira/Corning Regional Airport In Chemung County

Elmira, NY - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $10,500,000 in federal funding for the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport in Chemung County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport will use the funding to move forward with renovations to the passenger terminal building. "Keeping our airports in … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Sens. Warren, Brown, Gillibrand, Rep. Sherman Introduce Legislation to Protect Workers Ahead of Upcoming NAFTA Renegotiations

Bill Text (PDF) Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today introduced the Protecting Workers and Improving Labor Standards Act, to prohibit states from introducing laws that make it harder for workers to form unions and fight for higher wages and better working conditions. The legislation introduced today would repeal Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act, which currently gives states the ability to ban … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Gillibrand, Coons & Graham Announce Investment In Manufacturing Training Program Passed As Part Of Defense Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chris Coons, and Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced the passage of a $20 million investment in a Department of Defense program to help universities in New York, Delaware, South Carolina and throughout the country strengthen their engineering programs to meet the demands of the modern manufacturing industry in the Senate-passed National Defense … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $500,000 In Rural Development Funding For The Town Of Batavia

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $500,000 in federal funding for the Town of Batavia in Genesee County. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program. Specifically, the Town of Batavia will use the funding to create a new Southwest Water District. The new water district will bring public water service to 40 residential users who do not currently have access to safe … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Following Massive Equifax Data Breach, Gillibrand Calls On Federal Trade Commission To Conduct Immediate Review Of Consumer Data Protection At Top Consumer Reporting Agencies

Washington, DC - Following the massive data breach at Equifax, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined a group of Democratic Senators today to call on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to immediately review data security at Equifax and the other two major consumer reporting agencies, Experian and TransUnion. "As one of the three major consumer reporting agencies, Equifax centrally holds the most sensitive PII [Personally Identifiable Information]-information that determines whether Americans … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Legislation To Reform Handling Of Sexual Assault Cases At U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Ranking Member of the Personnel Subcommittee on the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced the passage of the Merchant Marine Academy Improvement Act in the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation, included as a provision in the NDAA, establishes new requirements and provides additional resources to make the Academy campus and Sea Year a safer place for students. This legislation will help … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of New Bipartisan Military Justice Reforms In National Defense Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced new bipartisan military justice reforms that she successfully fought to secure in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the Senate. The NDAA will now go to conference committee with the U.S. House of Representatives before heading to the President's desk to be signed into law. "I'm disappointed that, once again, the Senate blocked a vote on my Military Justice Improvement Act, which would put the decision … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Gillibrand Announces Senate Passage Of Bipartisan Provisions To Support Military Families In National Defense Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the Senate passage of new programs and funding to support military families that she successfully fought to secure in the Senate National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA will now go to conference committee with the U.S. House of Representatives before coming back to House and Senate for final passage and then heading to the President's desk to be signed into law. "Our service members and their families make enormous … Continue Reading

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